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La Paloma

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LA PALOMA: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice

Our Mission (pdf)

Enjoy globally inspired, simple, sustainable, local food for your mind and body. The recent remodel of this popular cafe allows for a more in-depth, sustainable menu, improved traffic flow, additional seating and lively décor. The menu is innovative yet simple, with sustainable, local food at its core. Indoor and outdoor seating is available and includes communal tables, banquettes and seating for individual diners.


Local, seasonal, vegan, vegetarian, dairy alternatives and gluten-free items. Foods are made from scratch in-house whenever possible with high quality “clean ingredients” (no artificial ingredients, additives, sweeteners, coloring or preservatives). Enjoy sandwiches and salads made to order, our Mongolian Grill, breakfast served all day, a full espresso and tea bar and two Coca-Cola freestyle machines that offer hundreds of flavor combinations.

Read more about our quality food products, sourced locally whenever possible:


Natural Certified Angus Beef - hormone and antibiotic free

Jidori Chicken - Learn more about Free Range, Antibiotic Free Chickens

Tuna - Pole & line caught in the Pacific Northwest, Certified Sustainable Seafood (American Tuna-San Diego, CA)

Papetti's Pasteurized Eggs


Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Unrefined, unfiltered, free of all major allergens (West Coast Products of California)

Vinegars - Mizkan

San Diego Soy Dairy - Local Soy Dairy of El Cajon

Additional menu highlights: traditional farm-style breakfast favorites made fresh to order in our exhibition-style kitchen, globally inspired hot foods such as our make-your-own Mongolian Barbeque. Our Indian Naan bread is baked fresh daily in our Tandoor oven.


The menu and service concept support the University of San Diego's core values and goals. Through our Catholic identity, grounded in Catholic Social thought, La Paloma strives to be a better steward of the earth and its resources. Food products are sourced from as many local and eco-friendly vendors as possible. This includes farms that have organic and sustainable practices, meat sources that are certified hormone and antibiotic-free, companies that adhere to sustainable practices such as seafood caught with the “pole & line” method, and more. La Paloma will continue USD Dining Services commitment to sustainability by adhering to the following practices: 100% Styrofoam-free and tray-free, eco-friendly and bio-degradable disposable ware, coffee sleeves, napkins and to-go containers made of recycled content, and limited bottled beverages and pre-packaged items to help keep waste low.